Early Spring Means an Early Allergy Season in Many Parts of the U.S.

03.02.2017

Bursts of warm temperatures have prompted an early start to spring in many parts of the country. Across the Southeast and as far north as Washington, D.C., spring arrived two to three weeks ahead of schedule, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Phenology Network. Much to the dismay of those with seasonal allergies, this means the spring allergy season has also gotten off to an early start.

Why Allergy Season is Starting Earlier

Warmer-than-usual February weather gave plants a head start on growth, which has triggered the early pollination of plants and trees in the southern regions. If your nose is already running and your eyes are itching, the culprit is likely tree pollen since trees are the primary pollen producers in the early weeks of spring.

You might be wondering if a cold snap is enough to stop the spread of pollen. Plants will stop releasing pollen when cold air hits, but pollen season will quickly return when temperatures rise because the trees have already been primed. In fact, studies show the pollen season grows longer when warm temperatures trigger an early bloom.

How to Stay Ahead of Allergy Season

RediClinic clinicians often advise severe allergy sufferers to start seasonal allergy treatment in early February and every day through the end of the allergy season. By starting medications early, you can prevent or lessen the inflammation that causes common allergy symptoms. Once symptoms start, you may need more medication to get symptoms under control, and you risk developing sinusitis and other complications of allergies.

Head to RediClinic now to manage your spring allergy symptoms. Our trained and qualified clinicians can develop a customized treatment plan that may include over-the-counter medications, prescription nasal sprays or a steroid shot for allergies.

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